Laura Ryan is a member of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. She was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott on July 11, 2016, to fill a vacancy; reappointed March 2, 2017; and confirmed by the Senate on April 19, 2017, for a six-year term.
Ryan is CEO of Purdy Motors USA. Purdy Motors is Costa Rica’s exclusive Toyota distributor, with growing operations in the U.S. In her role, Commissioner Ryan is responsible for strategically expanding and diversifying Purdy’s U.S. business operations, which currently consists of three Texas-based Toyota dealerships. She recently served as vice president of market representation and dealer development for Gulf States Toyota Inc., a private distributor for Toyota Motor Sales based in Houston. Before that Ryan was vice president of sales and marketing with an affiliated Freidkin Company, GSFSGroup Inc., and chair of the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), where she represented the vehicle manufacturing and distribution industry. In her more than 25 years in the automotive industry, she also held positions with retail dealerships, Nissan Motor Sales (in both variable and fixed operations) and worked as an independent automotive consultant.
During her tenure at TxDMV, Ryan initiated many processes to make the department more innovative, customer-oriented and efficient, and held the positions of chair of the Projects and Operations Committee and vice chair before becoming chair at TxDMV. She has also presented as a guest speaker for National Automobile Dealers Association convention workshops and Texas A&M University's Mays Business School.
Ryan is involved with her community through several volunteer and charity organizations, including Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Operation Interdependence and the National Charity League.
She attended Penn State University and has been engaged in executive education programs including Gallup Organization Strengths Training, University of Texas Future Leaders and the Columbia University Finance Program.